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Telling Whoppers

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Telling Whoppers
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Directed byRobert F. McGowan
Anthony Mack
Written byHal Roach
H. M. Walker
Produced byHal Roach
F. Richard Jones
Edited byRichard C. Currier
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • December 19, 1926 (1926-12-19)
Running time
20 minutes
CountryUnited States
English intertitles

Telling Whoppers is a 1926 short silent comedy film directed by Robert F. McGowan and nephew Anthony Mack.[1][2] It was the 55th Our Gang short subject released.


The neighborhood bully, Tuffy, played by Johnny Downs, is determined to lick every boy in the neighborhood. He beats up one boy, makes Jay and Jackie stand on their heads, and makes Bonedust and Scooter bark like a dog. Along comes Joe and Farina wearing bandages, and pretending to be too disabled to fight, but Tuffy beats them up anyway. Joe and Farina encourage the boys to band together and they then chase the bully off. The gang retires to their hideout and draw lots to decide who should finish the bully off. On second thought, Tuffy was swimming and was not allowed in the premises. Joe and Farina draw the unlucky lots and go looking for the bully, but Peggy tells them that Tuffy has moved to Chicago. Joe and Farina return with the lie that they beat Tuffy up and threw him in the lake. At the end of it, Tuffy's mother spanked him.


The Gang

Additional cast

  • Johnny Downs as Tuffy Thompson
  • Peggy Eames as Peggy
  • Charles McAvoy as Officer
  • Gene Morgan as Officer
  • Dorothy Vernon as Tuffy's mother
  • S. D. Wilcox as Officer
  • Charley Young as Man near swimming hole
  • Diamond the Dog as Himself
  • Pal the Dog as Himself

See also


  1. ^ "Silent Era: Telling Whoppers". silentera. Retrieved September 14, 2008.
  2. ^ Nugent, Frank S. (2011). "New York Times: Telling Whoppers". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved September 14, 2008.

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